New York: Investigators detonated a working
replica of the car bomb used in the failed Times Square terror
attack, creating a large explosion that destroyed other
vehicles and scattered flaming debris, law enforcement
officials have said.
The test in central Pennsylvania showed that the homemade
bomb, had it been constructed and detonated properly, would
have killed or wounded an untold number of pedestrians and
damaged buildings along the block where the car was abandoned
by Faisal Shahzad on May 1, the officials said.
"It would have been extremely deadly," Police
Commissioner Raymond Kelly said yesterday when asked about the
test after an event at a Washington think tank.
Kelly didn`t go into specifics about the FBI test. But
two other officials told that it was
conducted late last month in a remote area, 48 kilometres
outside of State College, Pennsylvania, and that a video of it
was played for a gathering of authorities earlier this week.
The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorised to speak publicly about the
test. The FBI`s New York office declined to comment.
The test was first reported yesterday in the New York
Post, which quoted an unnamed source saying that the results
suggested the bomb could have been more deadly than the 1995
Oklahoma City car bombing that killed 168 people.
One of the officials who spoke to the AP said that was an
exaggeration, because the Oklahoma City bomb -- also made of
fertiliser -- was roughly 10 times larger than the one left in
Calling himself a "Muslim soldier," Shahzad pleaded
guilty June 21. During his plea hearing, the 30-year-old
traced his plot to a 2009 trip to Pakistan, where he said he
received explosives training and funding from the Pakistani
Taliban for his one-man scheme.
He returned to the United States and loaded a 1993 Nissan
Pathfinder with a fertiliser-fuelled bomb packed in a gun
cabinet, a set of propane tanks and gas canisters rigged with
fireworks that he hoped would cause a chain-reaction